Fremont, CA, April 17, 2012- Knee pain caused by arthritis often can be relieved by nonsurgical treatments
such as medications, physical therapy and knee braces. For more severe
pain, patients may get short-term relief from injections of cortisone
or hyaluronic acids. When there is dramatic loss of cartilage, however,
the patient may be a candidate for either partial or total knee replacement.
To help people in the community learn more about osteoarthritis and the
latest advances in knee replacement surgery, Washington Hospital is sponsoring
a free Health & Wellness seminar featuring orthopedic surgeons Dr.
John Dearborn and Dr. Alexander Sah, co-medical directors of the Center
for Joint Replacement at Washington Hospital. The seminar is scheduled
for Friday, April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D.
Auditorium in the Washington West Building at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont.
Total or Partial Knee Replacement?
Dr. Dearborn, who performs more than 600 minimally invasive total knee
replacement surgeries each year, notes that the choice between partial
and total knee replacement depends on the patient’s specific needs.
“Total knee replacement would generally be performed if the cartilage
is badly damaged on both sides of the knee and under the kneecap, or on
one side of the knee and under the kneecap,” he explains. “Partial
replacement would be an option for patients with cartilage damage on only
one part of the knee.”
At the seminar, Dr. Dearborn and Dr. Sah will discuss several emerging
technologies that hold promise for reducing the time required for knee
replacement surgery, minimizing surgical risks and providing more “personalized”
knee replacement implants.
“The quality of knee replacement surgery outcomes depends largely
on the surgeon’s experience and skills, but great technology can
make a skilled surgeon even better,” says Dr. Dearborn. Center for
Joint Replacement Ranked #1 in California by HealthGrades HealthGrades,
a leading, nationwide health care ratings, information, and advisory services
company has named Washington Hospital's Center for Joint Replacement
(CJR) as the number one joint replacement program in California. CJR has
now been ranked among the top 10 in California for six years in a row
and has been ranked among the top five percent in the nation for five
years in a row. "We are delivering this high level of care in a personal
way," says Dr Dearborn. "When we get rated number one in California,
I think our entire patient care team - from myself to the nurses and therapy
staff is doing a great job."
HealthGrades uses proprietary, objective provider ratings and expert advisory
services, to compile its ratings. HealthGrades produces its ranking and
ratings in a report released annually. To learn more about the Center
for Joint Replacement, visit www.whhs.com/joint.
To learn more about advances in knee replacement surgery, join Dr. Dearborn
and Dr. Sah this Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson M.D.
Auditorium located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont.
To register, call (800) 963-7070 or visit www.whhs.com.
About Washington Township Health Care District: Washington Township Health Care District is governed by an elected board
of directors. Unlike a municipal or county hospital, Washington Hospital’s
operating expenses, research, community programs, and employee salaries
are funded by revenues generated through providing patient and other health
care services. Washington Hospital Healthcare System includes a 359-bed
acute-care hospital; the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute; The
Gamma Knife® Center; Washington Radiation Oncology Center; Washington
Outpatient Surgery Center; Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation Center;
Washington Outpatient Catheterization Laboratory; Washington Center for
Joint Replacement; the Institute for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery;
and Washington West, a complex which houses Washington Women’s Center,
Outpatient Imaging Center, Sandy Amos R.N. Infusion Center, Washington
Urgent Care and additional outpatient hospital services and administrative